New major updates that will make you feel the “Taste of Power”

Taste of Power is a game that challenges your strategy skills. Will you be able to make the right decisions in a limited time-frame? Prove yourself by defeating the brutal AI and feel the Taste of Power! Now with major updates!

Taste of Power is a Real-Time Strategy game set in alternate medieval times, where you fight for one of 3 factions – Europe, China, or the Middle East. A distinctive feature of the game is the combination of a variety of unique types of troops and the dynamics of game events.

There’s a variety of types of troops. In addition to the usual infantry, arrows, cavalry, in Taste of Power there is a wide variety of artillery, engineering troops, spies, underground tunnels, incendiary oils , poisonous mixtures, mines and much more. The use of these and many other types of troops opens up fundamentally new tactical opportunities. The gaming events are dynamic. The foundation of economic development is the construction of new cities. This is the only way to get a lot of resources, and therefore a large army. Therefore, Taste of Power pushes the player into the race, who will capture more bases faster. Along with this, the player has to fight in different parts of the map, combining expansion, defense of his territories and restraining the development of the
enemy. New updates for the game, just implemented: Characteristics of some troops have been changed, slightly weakening the characteristics of artillery and shooters.

A bug that allowed the user to switch between missions without completing has been eliminated.

In terms of artificial intelligence, the logic of the search for
opponents has been improved.

Taste of Power on Steam:

See the Taste of Power trailer here:

Press Kit:

Please download Taste of Power assets here:

About Taste of Power:

Show your strategic talents in Taste of Power – a Real-Time Strategy
game set in an alternate medieval world, where Europe, Middle East,
and China confront each other. Develop unique technologies and lead
warriors into an epic battlefield – the victory is yours!

About OneOcean, LLC:

OneOcean, LLC is a modest team of indie developers from Ukraine
consisting of 3 people, all big fans of strategy games and especially
StarCraft, Age of Empires and Total War. They are inspired by a dream
of creating a really high-quality RTS game, and with Taste of Power
they attempt to fuse the game dynamics and balance system of StarCraft 2 and transfer it into a medieval setting.

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Home Delivery from Delphi Greek Restaurant and Bar

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Delphi Greek Restaurant and Bar in Westwood is taking orders for delivery and take out. Please support small businesses by ordering lunch today. In these difficult times of Coronavirus 19, being a good community member means staying at home. The Delphi Greek restaurant is known for making quality food for events, catering and dining in. But with an order to stay home, they have switched to making take out and delivery.

Owner Roozbeh Farahanipour

We got a chance to swing by Delphi Greek for a gyro and a delicious Cold Combo. Everything was so fresh. The Cold Combo features Tzatziki, Mlitzanosalata, hummus, tabouli,kalmata olives, pita bread and sliced cucumber. If you’ve never tried these items, heres a run down. Hummus is made with garbanzo beans and lemon juice whipped together.

Delphi’s hummus is delicious. The great thing about getting the Cold Combo delivered is that you can snack on all the different sauces. Another super tasty item is the Melitzanosalata. This is a Greek style babganoush and eggplant whipped together with greek yogurt and tahini. This has such a clean and delicious taste. The Tabouli is really good. Cracked wheat with tomatoes, parsley, green onions and mint. The Tabouli has a very unique flavor. It’s like a little salad with lots of flavor. The Tzatziki is one of my favorites. Greek yogurt, grated cucumber and a touch of mint.

If you get a chance to have a meal delivered from Delphi Greek Restaurant, you’ll be glad you did and you’ll be supporting the local community.

Order delivery at the Delphi Greek Restaurant here:

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Actress Iris Almario Pioneers Into Quibi’s New Frontier

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — In a time when home renovation shows are a popular trend on TV and having a social media celebrity status has gained ground, Quibi brings a new series titled Flipped. The short form comedy presents couple Jann and Cricket Melfi (Will Forte & Kaitlin Olson) as creative visionaries in a world of fools, destined for the small screen. After losing their jobs, they discover an HGTV contest to become the next interior design power couple. They immediately set off to film their submission video renovating an abandoned shack in the desert, not realizing that the shack is a storehouse for a Mexican cartel. In a lucky twist of fate, the cartel members want to put their “skills” to work.

Iris Almario

Enter Iris Almario, actress and true animal advocate. Almario joins the cast of Flipped in the recurring role of an admirer of the Melfi’s home decoration abilities who’s looking into hiring the couple for a renovation job. She will be acting opposite series regulars SNL Alum Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) award-winning actress/director Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather Part II) and Arturo Castro (Alternatino).

“I play a recurring role on the series. Without revealing too much I can say that my character is impressed by the Melfis and wants to hire them. It was a fun show to work on. I worked with Will, Kaitlin, Arturo, Eva & Andy” said Almario about her experience filming the show.

Almario’s long list of credits features highly acclaimed shows including: All Rise (CBS), Nobodies (TV Land), Jane The Virgin (CW), Code Black (CBS), NCIS (CBS), Bosch (Amazon), American Crime Story (FX Network), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW),
a recurring role in Switched at Birth (Freeform) opposite Constance Marie, Heart of Dixie (CW), The Young & The Restless (CBS) and General Hospital (ABC) just to name a few. Film credits include: Murder in Mexico The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story (Lifetime), God Bless America, Below the Beltway, and The Last Request.

Almario’s charity work includes being the co-founder of WUFAW (Women United For Animal Welfare), a 501(c)3 animal welfare non-profit. The organization’s focus is on improving animal welfare locally and abroad through direct action in the field. WUFAW works with foreign and local partners to help set up education programs, build sanctuaries, provide low cost veterinary care, and many other acts that enhance the lives of animals. With only two and half months into 2020 WUFAW has helped animals in Cambodia, South Korea, Puerto Rico & Vietnam. (
About the show: FLIPPED is an eleven, short-form episode, new comedy series from Groundlings alums  Kaitlin Olson and Damon Jones, and Funny or Die, for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi. Joe Farrell, Damon Jones, Steve Mallory are the executive producers of the show, which will join the new scheduled programming lineup of 51 Quibi shows launching on April 6, 2020.


Quibi is a new type of digital platform from the creators of Funny or Die. It will showcase short form original content. Programming offers movie-quality shows that bring big stars together to offer big stories, laughs, drama, action, suspense, romance, scares, tunes and more.
Quibi will offer 10 minutes or less new episodes every day which are designed to fit users’ phones.

Quibi is set to debut April 6. The new digital platform will showcase a lineup of 51 shows available at launch from creators including Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Chance the Rapper, Liam Hemsworth, Sophie Turner, Lena Waithe, Nicole Richie and Reese Witherspoon. Show titles for their lineup include Flipped, Survive, Most Dangerous Game, Thanks a Million, Chrissy’s Court, Murder House Flip, Last Night’s Late Night, The Replay by ESPN and more. The mainly mobile platform is offering a 90-day free trial to those who sign up on its website before the April 6 official launch. Regular monthly pricing is set at $4.99 (with ads) and $7.99 (no ads).

For more information on how to join or how to watch visit:

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(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG gives viewers a soul music break from social-distancing with the story of Grammy Award-winning crooner, Billy Paul, this Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7:00 p.m. on the West Coast.

Billy Paul

Born in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Billy Paul grew up in a neighborhood that served as a hotbed for flourishing jazz artists. After a chance meeting with Kenny Gamble in the late 1960s, his mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound. Paul also served as a figure in the ‘60s Civil Rights movement. When “Me and Mrs. Jones” catapulted the crooner to international fame in 1972, the price tag of success came with a heavy cost. Paul struggled with substance abuse and had difficulty finding mainstream success throughout the rest of his career, despite releasing a string of solid chart singles throughout the 70’s. Paul passed away in 2016 and in this episode, his wife of 50 years, Gamble & Huff and others come together to pay tribute to one of the great ‘unsung’ singers of his time.

UNSUNG continues its storytelling of influential artists continue with upcoming episodes featuring vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob. UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.

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MedWand’s™ New, Cutting-Edge Telemedicine Kit: Mobile SQM DOC Allows you to Screen, Quarantine and Monitor for Coronavirus 19

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — The award-winning company and leader in telehealth, MedWand Solutions, Inc., has announced the debut of its latest creation in MedWand™ Kits: the Mobile Screen, Quarantine, Monitor (SQM) DOC. Equipped for the war against the spread of the coronavirus, Medwand’s Mobile SQM unit includes a hand-held, cutting-edge, telehealth MedWand™ device that houses ten diagnostic tools, a UV sanitation device, a two-in-one touch screen tablet, wooden tongue depressors, and more, to provide a solution to help monitor and detect patients who are believed to, or already have, contracted the Covid-19 virus.

“MedWand has the ability to help save many lives and is easy to use. MedWand™ can help with triage, monitoring people in quarantine, and examining people for other conditions without bringing them into a potentially contaminated area,” shared Samir Qamar, M.D., Co-Founder and CEO of MedWand™ Solutions. “It has web-based software with military-grade encryption – we have the right tool at the right time, and we can deploy it fast.”

Coronavirus 19

The MedWand™ device allows clinicians to conduct remote office visits, through the real-time collection of multiple vital sign readings and key patient assessments. It can listen to your heart and lungs, measure respiratory rates and blood oxygen levels, take your temperature, scan your skin and even look at your tonsils. All of this information gets sent in real time to your doctor who watches, listens, and interacts through a secure video portal on their computer.

Dr Samir Qamar M.D.

The latest Medwand™ device kit, SQM DOC, offers monitoring with zero risk of infection, while tracking and monitoring trends in real-time. Each SQM DOC contains a sanitation device that uses UV technology, allowing a single MedWand™ to be used by multiple patients. The kit also includes antimicrobial wipes, sixty disposable wooden tongue depressors that can be inserted into the MedWand™ so the high-resolution camera can capture a clear photo of the back of the throat, the MedWand™ device, and a touchscreen tablet pre-configured and loaded with Medwand™ application to allow a real-time doctor visit. The mobile doc unit is packaged in a ruggedized protective carrying case.

“MedWand™ has specific diagnostic instruments to remotely examine coronavirus patients, so we filed for an emergency use authorization with the FDA. We hope this will get approved quickly and should allow us to get these devices into the right hands, right away,” added Dr. Qamar. “This is the future of healthcare. MedWand™ offers a solution to help stop the spread of contagious diseases.”

MedWand™ is an award-winning device created by physicians and medical device engineers. The handheld product includes a stethoscope, otoscope, dermatoscope, throat illuminator with camera, IR thermometer, ECG, and pulse oximeter (SpO2, heart rate, respiratory rate). In addition to the Mobile SQM DOC, Medwand™ solutions also offers a Home DOC, Office DOC, and Mobile DOC. For more information on MedWand and the creators behind the device visit Pending clearance by the FDA. Not available for sale in all countries.

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Corey Feldman’s Controversial Documentary Premieres in West Hollywood

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — West Hollywood, CA — Monday, March 9th, 2020 — The Hollywood Press Corps dispatched top photographer, Ellen Zuckerman,  to cover the star studded red carpet for the Monday night premiere of Corey Feldman’s long-awaited documentary My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys. Corey Feldman is a sexual abuse survivor, activist and national ambassador for CHILD USA. Corey is also a member of SAG committees on sexual harassment, and he was instrumental in getting the Child Victim’s Act passed in California and New York last year. He brought his whole TRUTH to light, as promised. My Truth is helmed by award winning director Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) and features interviews with many of The Two Coreys’ friends and co-stars including Keith Coogan (Adventures in Babysitting, The Fox & The Hound), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys) the late Kristoff St. John (Bad News Bears, The Young & The Restless) in his final interview. The documentary also includes an exclusive interview with Disney star and childhood sexual assault survivor Ricky Garcia, who recently came forward about his own abuse as a teen star in the industry. Corey hopes that this film will serve as a call to action so that justice can be served, and children can finally be protected.

Marci Hamilton (L), Corey Feldman (center) and Courtney Feldman (R) on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Marci Hamilton (L) with Corey Feldman (R). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Jamie Kennedy. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Rosanna Arquette on the red carpet. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Actress Sanjini. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Philicia Saunders ~ Star Wars ~ The Rise of Skywalker. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
David Zucker (Center) with guests. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

A few of the people that the Hollywood Press Corps saw at the premiere were Corey Feldman, his wife Courtney Feldman, Playboy model Susannah Sprague, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Richardson, Dave Navarro, Chris Kattan, Crystal Hefner and Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted).

Chris Kataan (L) with guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Jon Mack. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Corey’s Angels guitar player Christine Carol. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Brenda Mejia. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Ricky Garcia. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
James Pitt (Avatar). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Phil Donlon ~ High and Outside. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
David Riffin Jr (L) with Thalia Da Costa, Omaira, and Michael DeBarge (R) on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Shauna Sands on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Although there were some issues with the live streaming portion of the event, It was still a big success. Many celebrities came out to show support for Corey and this project. After the screening at the Directors Guild, the event moved to the legendary Rainbow club on Sunset, where, of course, Ron Jeremy was hanging out.

Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Keith Mitchell (L) and Melanie Marden (R). Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Jonathan Lipnicki on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Writer and photographer Dustin Brown. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Eden Feldman. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
On the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Producer D.J. Markuson. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Pamela Guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Brandon Troeller. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) with guest. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Victoria Valentino on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet for My Truth. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Guests on the red carpet. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Rafaela Salvadori (L) with San Blakkert (R)

Corey hopes to get My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys to everyone that ordered the Live Streaming portion of the event as soon as possible.

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The 2020 Project at the Seven Grand ~ March 19th

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Brandino has put together a power trio that’s set to play the iconic Seven Grand nightclub in downtown Los Angeles on March 19th. Brandino, known for his career as Aretha Franklin’s bass player, will join jazz piano player Andy Langham and Oscar Seaton on drums. Andy is a member of Poncho Sanchez’s Latin Jazz Band and can been seen touring all over the world with Poncho. He has toured with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Natalie Cole, Christopher Cross, John Heard and many others. Oscar Seaton regularly appears on albums from best-selling artists like Lionel Richie and Lee Ritenhour.  He’s worked with award winners David Sanborn, Boz Scaggs and George Benson.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Dustin Brown
Andy Langham on piano
Oscar Seaton on drums

Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. In addition to playing with Aretha Franklin and James Brown, Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige.
This will be an amazing night of jazz, funk and soul in one of Los Angeles’ hottest and coolest bars.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Check out the Seven Grand here

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The Show starts at 10:00pm and the cats will be playing until 1:00am. Come hang out in downtown Los Angeles at the Seven Grand!

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Rock Against MS at the Palace Theater ~ March 21st, 2020

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) —Hollywood, CA — Legendary Guitar Player’s Steve Stevens, Orianthi, Steve Lukather, Wayne Kramer and MORE – will rock the stage at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show on Saturday, March 21st, 2020.

Steve Stevens from Billy Idol and Michael Jackson’s band
Steve Lukather will dazzle on guitar at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS
The Queen of Sketch Comedy🎭 DEBRA WILSON (MADtv/Star Wars Jedi:Fallen Order) to Host the 8th Annual Rock Against MS🎗- Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre! ~*~*~* TIX HERE: 🧡🧡#DebraWilson #MADtv #StarWarsJedi #RockAgainstMS #unselfish #HelpingPeopleNow #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #MultipleSclerosis #MS #palacetheatrela

Returning for hosting duties is MADtv alumni – impressionist and actress Debra Wilson. Wilson will be sharing the hosting duties with the rocker of all comedy, Joe Sib who is hot off the Metallica Tour – They will unfold an evening of comedy, music and art in benefit of the Rock Against MS Foundation – #HelpingPeopleNOW.

Wayne Kramer from MC5
Guitar 🎸Goddess ORIANTHI will ROCK AGAINST MS! Saturday, March 21st @ the Palace Theater in DTLA! ⚡️TIX HERE⚡️: Rock Against MS orianthi Orianthi’s fans Orianthi Panagaris Fanpage The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #IamOrianthi #Orianthi #RockAgainstMS #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #PalaceTheatreLA
Bass playing legend JAMES LOMENZO will ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre #JamesLomenzo #BassMonster #Megadeth #BLS #RockAgainstMS #HelpingPeopleNow #PalaceTheatreLA The Palace #DTLA #DTLAnightlife

Kicking off the night is the hottest Celebrity Orange Carpet featuring the biggest and brightest actors, TV Stars, Rockstars and Comedians – Including a star studded tribute to some of the artists that we lost in 2019 in a high-energy celebration of their most beloved songs.

This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers, aptly name The ROCK HOUSE. The ROCK HOUSE is a crucial component that will allow us to fulfill our mission and with your help we can build this much needed resource center,” explains Nancy B. Sayle, Founder. “The ROCK HOUSE will allow us to provide classes, community programs, basic care and expanded resources free of charge to those whose lives have been affected by MS.”

Artist Norton Wisdom

The evening will have famed performance artist Norton Wisdom performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the music notes.

LIVE COMEDY ALERT: Bringing his own brand of comedy…..Standup, impressionist, actor and total  freak” CRAIG GASS to ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre in the DTLA! Craig Gass Rock Against MS 8th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONERT The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #CraigGass #Comedian #StandupComedian #DTLA #PalaceTheatreLA #DTLAnightlife

The Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

General – $35
VIP w/M&G Package – $150
Day Of Show Add $10

Doors for All 6:00/ Celebrity Orange Carpet 6:30/ VIP Tix Holders Early Theatre Access M&G 6:00 / Public Theatre entry 7:00/ Show 8:00

Purchase –
** Please email to reserve Wheelchair seating at

Metal Blade Records, 95.5 KLOS, Earthly Body, Dulce Vida Tequila, American Born Whiskey, American Born Moonshine, Schecter Guitars, Evans, Promark, D’addario, SIR Studios, Stella Rosa Wine, Tour Bus Live, The Palace Theatre, Victorio’sRestaurant, Archie’s Vegan Ice Cream

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Interview with Actress and Writer Vanessa Lua

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — (Feb. 27, 2020) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with actress Vanessa Lua. Vanessa can be seen on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime. Vanessa is an actress, writer and host of WhatTheHellDidSheSay, a YouTube channel where she interviews celebrities.

Vanessa Luia at Yuko Kitchen in the Miracle Mile. Photo by Dustin Brown.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): We just saw you on Shameless as Aunt Telma! Please tell us about your experience in shooting this show.
It was an incredible opportunity. I got to work with an amazing cast and crew. They have been together for 10 years now so they are a big family and they were very welcoming to me, specially Ethan Cutcosky (Carl) who was very attentive with everyone, also, there is one scene where I get to sit on with the whole family on the couch and it was my first time meeting Shannola (V) and Steve (“Kevin”) and oh my god Shanola lights the room with her big smile. I love her and both received me with a big hug. I also had the opportunity to shoot in Chicago and it was my first time there. I got to meet John Wells and even share a Mexican candy with him.

Vanessa Lua with William H. Macy on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime

HPC: What is William H. Macy really like?
Bill was very reserved but kind. He directed the second episode I was on and he did a great job. As an actor he was so good that I just have to react to his energy. I have to tell you I gave him some “chongos Zamoranos” , a Mexican candy handmade from my hometown Zamora. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to bother him and I knew it was my last chance to give it to him so when I got his attention I realized the container broke and it was a mess. I gave it to him, I told him to be careful when he open it and I ran away. We never spoke about it.

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: Are you currently writing anything new?
Currently I’m promoting my short film LA DEGOLLADORA that is an official selection at the Pasadena International Film Festival. I wrote it, directed and acted so I am very excited to see it on the big screen. You can join me on Sunday, March 15 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Get your passes at:

Vanessa Lua (center) in Season 10 of Shameless

HPC: You’re a model who has a connection with Texas. Could you tell us about that?
I’m one of the guest models for Fashion Cited, a charity event that benefits the Legal Hospice of Texas and features a stunning runway fashion presentation highlighting Dallas clothiers and designers.It is such an honor to walk in those beautiful outfits. Being a model was my childhood dream but unfortunately I don’t look like a model (I’m not even tall!) but that shows you that dreams come true. So keep dreaming and help people in need get legal help. You can get your tickets at

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: What is your hometown? Could you tell us about it?
I am from Zamora, Michoacan, and you should add it to your next visit to Mexico. The food is amazing! Best tacos, pan dulce, papas cocidas, agues frescas! Zamora is know for the strawberries and “Los dulces del Portal” (that includes the chongos Zamoranos), and it has one of the most beautiful churches ” El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. And if you drive 20 minutes north, you will find my favorite place on earth, El Lago de Camecuaro.

Vanessa Lua (R) as Aunt Telma in Shamless on Showtime

HPC: What’s it like to do celebrity interviews on the red carpet for whatthehelldidshesay?
I love my youtube channel WhatTheHellDidSheSay. It is a joy to talk to celebrities, find out how they overcome obstacles and ask them to say something in Spanish. I feel is a way to be a bridge between Hollywood Celebrities and the Latino audience.

Vanessa Lua during her interview with the Hollywood Press Corps

HPC: Do you have a favorite interview from whatthehelldidshesay?
It is so hard to pick a favorite interview, I love them all, they all are so special. Wait, I loved when I interviewed James Cameron and he directed me. I alsoI really enjoy talking to Topher Grace, specially because he retweeted the interview saying “Wait, is this my favorite interview ever?” And of course Josh Radnor who made me choose between a date or an interview. Check out my channel at

Vanessa Lua

HPC: What do you hope to achieve in 2020?

I’m currently performing improvised Comedy in Spanish with my troupe Impromundeando. I hope this year we get stronger as a team. All the members are very talented and hardworking and that is very inspiring. This year I want to focus more on my comedy writing, my stand up comedy and maybe a two person play. I also want to focus on my personal growth. I teach a recovery class at K2 CrossFit and that has taught me how important is to take care of your mind and body. I feel that this is a wish list so I am going to throw to win an Emmy out there.

Vanessa at Yuko Kitchen

HPC: What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
I’m terrified of bicycles but I have done several triathlons. I still have my bike hanging on the wall of my studio apartment to remind me that fear might never disappear but that I have defeated it several times.

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Q and A with Talented Multi-hyphenate Jacques Derosena

Multi -talented artist Jacques Derosena is a noted French Instagram Host Influencer /Musician/ Actor/ Producer & Co-Owner of the Luxury Persian Fragrance  Brand “Sattar”. His music is currently playing in  Spotify & France Radio  artist: JAYYFLASH. He is a yearly curated host & attendee of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France & is a yearly special guest of Baron de Rothschild  Mouton Cadet Cannes. Derosena recently filmed the anticipated Cary Elwes and Penelope Mitchell Superhero film ” The Hyperions”. He filmed a supporting role on the Theatrical  Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig Film “Downsizing”.
With his winning smile, this rising star just became the new main model face of AMERICAN EXPRESS  and also has print campaigns for Audi, Facebook, Target, WhatsApp, McDonalds, DoorDash & DIGICEL. He finished filming his Leading Role in The Weinstein Company Animation Film “Underdogs” Co-starring “Ariana Grande, Katie Holmes, Bella Thorne andJohn Leguizamo”.
He has also produced the highly anticipated horror  Film “Black Pumpkin” and is currently prepping the  much anticipated Horror Film” The House In The Middle Of Nowhere”.  His past credits include:  His role in the Lionsgate  film ” Hunger Games, Mocking Jay”,  the character role “The Gurgles” on  The Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”, HBO’s “The Wire” , video games such as Sony: Uncharted 4, a character role on The Sketch Music Variety/Comedy show “Arbor Live” airing in Canada which won The 2013 People’s Choice Awards for Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music.

How did you get your start in acting?
I started by being an extra on a tv show that was shooting in Maryland. I then began to take acting classes at theater conservatories and continued my studies at Stella Adler Studios New York and The Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio of New York, where I soon started booking small parts in tv and films.

Jacques rocks the red carpet

How did you make the transition to also produce as well act and how’s it like to be a multi-hyphenate?
I started to produce short films because I didn’t want to wait for
opportunities. I wanted to create them as well. I eventually moved on to producing feature films and this has helped tremendously in telling stories.

Jacques is a very in demand vo artist

I noticed you have a great international background. Do you ever play foreign characters given all the languages you speak?
I do often play foreign characters such as: African, Caribbean. It has
been of great use of me speaking French and being able to switch into different dialects.

Jacques at the Cannes Film Festival

What’s it like to be a model especially a hand model?
Being a model and a hand model is quite an interesting journey. Being the face of a popular brand brings more awareness and opportunities and being a hand model has been a fun, creative way of using my hands in different ads.

What was it like to win the prestigious Accolade Award?
Winning an Accolade Award was amazing. Getting an award for something that you created and the audience, people receiving it well. I am grateful for the experience and the award recognition.

How did you get involved with the Kapow Film Festival?
Our Film Director created the Kapow Film Festival. After discussing with us its premise and  mission, we became involved and have been  exposed to amazing storytellers from all over the world and bringing their stories to the general public.

What advice do you give those just starting out in this industry?
My advice would be to  get involved in as many organizations as
possible.  Ask questions. It’s all about information and experience that help with confidence.

What upcoming projects do you have coming up?
Feature Films: Black Pumpkin, The House in The Middle Of Nowhere.

You have achieved so much in this industry. Is there any other facet
you’d like to conquer (i.e. directing)?
I love producing. I love putting projects together. Perhaps someday I
may look at directing but for now, I’m Loving Acting & producing.

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